Time-Varying Semidefinite Programs

We study time-varying semidefinite programs (TV-SDPs), which are semidefinite programs whose data (and solutions) are functions of time. Our focus is on the setting where the data varies polynomially with time. We show that under a strict feasibility assumption, restricting the solutions to also be polynomial functions of time does not change the optimal value … Read more

Analyzing Node-Weighted Oblivious Matching Problem via Continuous LP with Jump Discontinuity

We prove the first non-trivial performance ratio strictly above 0.5 for the weighted Ranking algorithm on the oblivious matching problem where nodes in a general graph can have arbitrary weights. We have discovered a new structural property of the ranking algorithm: if a node has two unmatched neighbors, then it will still be matched even … Read more

Polynomial Approximations for Continuous Linear Programs

Continuous linear programs have attracted considerable interest due to their potential for modelling manufacturing, scheduling and routing problems. While efficient simplex-type algorithms have been developed for separated continuous linear programs, crude time discretization remains the method of choice for solving general (non-separated) problem instances. In this paper we propose a more generic approximation scheme for … Read more

Solving Infinite-dimensional Optimization Problems by Polynomial Approximation

We solve a class of convex infinite-dimensional optimization problems using a numerical approximation method that does not rely on discretization. Instead, we restrict the decision variable to a sequence of finite-dimensional linear subspaces of the original infinite-dimensional space and solve the corresponding finite-dimensional problems in a efficient way using structured convex optimization techniques. We prove … Read more